Equine Assisted Psychotherapy
Gina aims to provide clients with the type of therapy best suited to their individual needs. Some people find conversation based therapy to be quite challenging and find experiential therapies more helpful as they get the growth without having to talk a great deal. An experiential therapy is one where people grow and learn from experiences. Equine or horse assisted therapy is described on the Eagala website as:
"Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAP) incorporates horses experientially for emotional growth and learning. It is a collaborative effort between a licensed therapist and a horse professional working with the clients and horses to address treatment goals. Because of it's intensity and effectiveness, it is considered a short-term or brief approach.
EAP is experiential in nature. This means that participants learn about themselves and others by participating in activities with the horses, and then processing (or discussing) feelings, behaviors, and patterns. This approach has been compared to the ropes courses used by therapists, treatment facilities, and human development courses around the world. But EAP has the added advantage of utilizing horses, dynamic and powerful living beings."
Gina undertook her first training with EAGALA in Feb 2009. She is a Certified Mental Health Professional with EAGALA.
Video - EAGALA model
Please visit the EAGALA website for more information.
Gina is privileged to be working with Kerry Johnston as her horse professional.
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